Boil filtered water advisory lifted for Flint city water customers

Published: Aug. 9, 2019 at 1:57 PM EDT
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(8/9/2019) - The boil filtered water advisory for all Flint city water customers was lifted on Friday, about 36 hours after a water main break.

Flint Department of Public Works Director Rob Bincsik ordered the advisory on Thursday morning after a contractor demolishing the 12th Street bridge near VanSlyke Avenue broke a 24-inch water line.

The advisory was canceled around 6:45 p.m. Friday after water samples tested free of bacterial contamination.

"The break has been fixed and we have received satisfactory results from samples collected showing the water is now safe to use without boiling first," said Bincsik.

The break allowed water to rush out of the system, significantly reducing water pressure. A loss of water pressure can cause bacteria to enter the system, so a precautionary boil advisory was issued.


Flint water crews isolated the leak and shut it off by Thursday afternoon. They were working to make repairs on the water line for much of the day.

Several residents reported discolored water after the break, which likely was caused by sediment getting stirred up in the pipes.

All water filters should be changed after the advisory is lifted, because filters used during the advisory could be contaminated with bacteria.

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